AUSTEN INSPIRATIONS

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Caralyn Sharp has a demanding job and a love life that just walked out the door. She barely has time to be her best friend’s Maid of Honor. Right when she thinks things can’t get any worse, she brakes hard to avoid a turtle and is rear-ended by Alex Garrison. He’s a military officer with an attitude and the owner of the most amazing pair of blue eyes she’s ever encountered. As they continue to cross paths, she can’t decide what she wants more: to scream at him or stare into his dreamy eyes.

“This book made me laugh out loud, it was easy to relate to, and the ending was perfect.”

“Lovable characters, great setting, fun plot, and an overall great novel. Clean read. I would recommend to anyone looking for a romantic getaway.”

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Anna never expected to see Erick Walsworth again. Breaking off their engagement eight years ago was the worst decision of her life. But her bitter regret is nothing compared to pretending she’s not still in love with him. Especially while having to watch a perfect girl like Piper Ashley hang on his arm.

With circumstances throwing them together and a best friend insisting on playing matchmaker, Anna can’t escape the one question she fears most: What happens if she can’t convince her first love to give her a second chance?

“There is everything you want in a clean romance novel. It has family drama, it has conflict and love triangles and it has a lot of humor.”

“I love the self-discovery that Anna must go through as she decides what she wants and who she wants to be.”

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Emma Wallace has a plan up her sleeve to save her struggling design business, but not a clue what do to about the man who has her heart.

Stealing a kiss from Will Knight years ago ended in an embarrassment she didn’t want to repeat. But when a popular new designer in town starts taking her clients and has eyes on Will, too, Emma decides it’s time to fight for what she wants. The perfectly irritating designer she wants to shove into a hole isn’t the only one who can be down-to-earth and likable. After all, Emma’s never failed at anything … except walking the line between friendship and love. Crossing it again could mean losing Will’s friendship for good.

“I love the hypochondriac father, sensible sister Olivia, and deliriously happy Anna. Emma is courageous, misinformed, and a little kooky. Southern charm at its finest, this is a crazy story of zany antics, close friendships, and love that never dies.”

“This might be my favorite of the Austen Inspirations series. The spirit of the original Emma was captured throughout, the characters well drawn, and the flow of the story consistent. And of course those covers still draw me in – gorgeous!”

Author note: This is a little inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. It’s not a modern re-telling of the novel, but it borrows the idea of love forming between two people who have had horrible first impressions of each other. It’s a rocky road to travel, and pride definitely gets in the way. The location in Charleston, South Carolina was inspired by my recent trip there.

I hope it helps people see that first impressions can be completely wrong. If someone met us at our absolute worst, what would they think? Second, it’s a story about accepting and making change in your life. Caralyn decides she can change and goes from being a caterpillar to a butterfly.